Quote from beast89One question I have is about the role of Faithless Looting in this deck. Is it really worth the card disadvantage? I'm not sure if this deck should be played in such combo style. Perhaps replacing that card with Countryside Crusher would give this deck a much needed push towards the aggro direction. Thoughts?
Quote from TormFL is exactly the card you WANT in this deck. LSV even talks about it in his video; Countryside Crusher doesn't really do anything except be a different win condition that is typically irrelevant most of the time; What this deck wants to do is Shock the opponent to the face with 6 lands and a loam in hand.
With Faithless Looting you can pitch land, LftL, Raven's Crime, and Flame Jab into the yard; that creates zero Card Disadvantage on your part and the itself can really be read as, "Draw 2 and set up your Graveyard".
If you want an 'aggro' style deck; you should replace black with white, imo; Then you'd have CCC, BBE, Goyf, KOTR, and like Noble Hierarch? And then simply have LftL/Flame Jab/Assault as your support. But the black version really is just worried with neutralizing the opponent until you can blow them up for 12-20 in one turn for game.
Quote from beast89So, what you're calling the black version is essentially a combo deck? I'm currently messing around with LSV's deck on Cockatrice and I can't decide whether it should be played as a combo deck or as something else.
Quote from Poopingmypantshttp://forums.mtgsalvation.com/showthread.php?t=347249
That is the already started thread for this topic. It wasn't exactly hard to find.
Quote from beast89What is this deck supposed to do against graveyard hate? I can't see any strategies. Any ideas?
It looks like this deck just has to fold to the black leyline.
I actually saw that thread. I saw the first page and concluded that it was a thread that should have been archived due to the decklists being outdated by bannings. Didn't notice that the discussion was still active, thanks for pointing it out.
Quote from beast89Thanks a lot for your replies Torm!
One thing that's been bugging me recently: how do you know when to dredge vs. when to draw? Here's what I've been doing:
1. If I don't have Loam in my grave, I draw obviously!
2. If I have Seismic Assault in my hand or on the board I always dredge.
3. If I have Eternal Witness in my hand and I'm still looking for Seismic Assault, then I dredge.
4. If I don't have Eternal Witness or Seismic Assault in my hand then, only under these circumstances, I will draw rather than dredge.
Is this an appropriate way to play the deck?
My justification for #3 is that if I'm searching for Seismic Assault then dredging is a faster way to search than drawing because I open three cards per turn rather than one.
Quote from PoopingmypantsAgain. The answers to your questions are here: http://forums.mtgsalvation.com/showthread.php?t=347249
Quote from Alexeezaybeast89: I don't think that's always true because you want to use Raven's Crime & Flame Jab quite often...
Quote from DaesikScenario #4 depends on the board state, normally you will just want to wreck their hand and board with Jabs and Crimes instead of trying to find Assault.
Quote from beast89Of course. The way I see it, one has to play this deck in two stages. The first stage consists of board control; in this stage you have to try to discard your opponent's hand and / or kill his creatures. For this you need Raven's Crime and Flame Jab or Seismic Assault.
However, once you have things under control and it's time to draw the Seismic Assault ftw... that's the stage at which my question comes up: dredge or draw?
Why isn't this card used in Modern versions of the deck?
Quote from GreenpoeIf you want to make it Aggro-loam, then go with 4 Birds of Paradise, 4 Countryside Crusher, 4 Knight of the Reliquary, 4 Qasali Pridemage, 4 Tarmogoyf and 4 Lightning Bolt + Assault & Loam. Then you've got a fast clock.